Yemba language

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Region Cameroon
Ethnicity Bamileke
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 300,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ybb
Glottolog yemb1246[2]

Yɛmba or Yemba, also Yémba is a major Grassfields language of Cameroon. It is spoken by over 300,000 people in the Western Province.

Despite originally being a spoken language exclusively, Yemba writing was developed by Maurice Tadadjeu (co-creator of the General Alphabet of Cameroon Languages) and Steven Bird. Their team developed a small Yemba - French Dictionary covering French translations of over 3000 Yemba words and expressions.[3] The Yemba alphabet is a subset of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

A machine backwards transformation of the dictionary was performed by independent scientists who created the French translation of Yemba words. The resulting dictionary was extended with French synonyms from the French version of the WordNet database. Furthermore over 6000 English, German, Czech, Spanish, Italian and Chinese words and expressions were translated into Yemba. A major outcome of this project is a collaborative online platform for extending Yemba translations and promoting Yemba learning. [4]


  1. ^ Yemba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Yemba". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Bird, Steven; Maurice, Tadadjeu (1997). Petit Dictionnaire Yémba - Français. ANACLAC (Association Nationale des Comités de langues du Cameroun). 
  4. ^ " - Online Dictionaries and Learning Tools for the Yemba Language". Aleco. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 

Petit dictionnaire Yemba Francais

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